Mrs Peta Forder
Faculty of Health and Medicine
- Phone:(02) 4042 0676
Since 2010, I have been employed as an academic statistician within the Priority Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing (PRCGHA) at the University of Newcastle. I have been afforded the opportunity to work on research using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH), Australia’s largest longitudinal study on women focused on health and well-being. In 1996, this study recruited more than 40,000 women from three different cohorts (born 1921-1926, 1946-1951 and 1973-1978) and last year, ALSWH finalised the recruitment of over 15,000 women into a new cohort (born 1989-1995).
I have been involved with research relating to 1921-1926 cohort (topics: asthma; mental health; social functioning; hospitalisation with stroke and disabilities; constipation; faecal incontinence), as well as research relating to the 1973-1978 cohort (topics: perinatal mental health; alcohol consumption during pregnancy; intimate partner violence). I am involved with research using the 45 & Up Study, specifically the Social, Economic and Environmental Factors (SEEF) sub-study and the Life Histories and Health (LHH) sub-study. ). I currently supervise three PhD students and act as statistical advisor to another 5-8 other RHD students. I have successfully transitioned to public health research, actively contributing to the research output of the PRCGHA (ie. papers, reports, student supervision, etc). In recent years, this work has culminated in several publications and I am currently involved in the preparation of other manuscripts relating to the ALSWH data.
Prior to my appointment at the PRCGHA, I was employed as a statistician at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), University of Sydney. During my time at the CTC, I was primarily involved in cardiovascular and oncology related research. Initially I was employed as a junior statistician, conducting analysis for the LIPID study. However, I became the senior statistician for the FIELD study in 2000. This trial was completed in 2005 and I coordinated the analysis for the final report and primary results paper. I was also involved with various cancer trials groups after 2005. I was the consultant statistician for the NSW Clinical Trials Partnership (an initiative between the CTC and the NSW Cancer Institute to promote clinical trials in cancer areas) and served as the group statistical advisor for trials within the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group (ALTG) operations committee. I was heavily involved with the teaching opportunities presented at the CTC, taking on a coordinator’s role in 2003-2007 for many of the professional development courses offered by the CTC. I also participated in the delivery of several Masters level subjects offered within the School of Public Health.
I have been approached to serve on committees due to my knowledge in study design, research methodology and statistical analysis. I currently serve on the International Data and Safety Monitoring Committee (ISDMC) for two clinical trials and remain a member of the Trial Management Committee for another study. Although I left clinical trials work a number of years ago, I have been repeatedly invited back as a faculty member for the Australia & Asia Pacific Oncology Research Development (ACORD) Workshops, providing advice and support to workshop participants with respect to design, methodology and statistical issues.
I have been involved with securing funding for four studies, totally $3.7M over the past 10 years (NHMRC and multi-state Cancer Council grants).Research Expertise
As a biostatistician, I have worked in a range of health research settings. I currently work within the Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle, and am involved with design and analysis of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a large-scale cohort study which is tracking the health and wellbeing of more than 55,000 Australian women. I also have extensive experience in the design and analysis of randomised clinical trials, having worked for 10 years in clinical trials in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neonatal research. I have expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology and research design.
I currently supervise three PhD students and act as statistical advisor to 5-8 other RHD students. I have been involved with the teaching of biostatistics in Australia through the Biostatistical Collaboration of Australia (BCA), which is an advanced master’s program in biostatistics, designed to address an Australia-wide shortage of biostatisticians. I have coordinated a master’s level course on clinical trials methods for the Master of Public Health program at Sydney University, and have tutored biostatistics within the MPH and MClinEpi courses at Sydney University, as well as lectured within the Basic Sciences of Oncology program (Cancer Institute NSW).
My primary work is involved with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, contributing expertise on research design, methodology and longitudinal studies.
- Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Science, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), Griffith University
- Master of Public Health, University of Queensland
- clinical trials design
- cohort studies
- health research
- life course epidemiology
- longitudinal methods
- longitudinal studies
- population health
- research design
- research methodology
Fields of Research
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|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/07/2015 - 30/06/2016||Academic Statistician||University of Newcastle|
Faculty of Health and Medicine
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/1999 - 1/01/2010||Statistician||The University of Sydney|
School of Medicine and Public Health
|1/11/1994 - 1/12/1998||Research Assistant||Queensland Institute of Medical Research|
Population Health Research Department
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (37 outputs)
|2015||Majeed T, Forder P, Mishra G, Byles J, 'Women, Work, and Illness: A Longitudinal Analysis of Workforce Participation Patterns for Women Beyond Middle Age.', J Womens Health (Larchmt), 24 455-465 (2015)|
|2015||Majeed T, Forder P, Mishra G, Kendig H, Byles J, 'A gendered approach to workforce participation patterns over the life course for an Australian baby boom cohort', Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87 108-122 (2015)|
Population ageing and its future implications for governments and individuals have been central to much policy debate and research targeted to retain older people in the workforce... [more]
Population ageing and its future implications for governments and individuals have been central to much policy debate and research targeted to retain older people in the workforce. This study identified workforce participation patterns across the adult life course for women and men entering later life, and explored the influences of various early and adult life socio-demographic circumstances. Data were collected from 1261 men and women aged 60 to 64. years in the Life History and Health (LHH) Survey (a sub-study of the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, Australia) in 2010-11. LHH provides detailed information on personal histories of paid work, socio-economic resources from childhood (number of books and father's occupation) and adult life factors such as educational attainment, marital histories, childcare and informal caring. Latent class analysis (LCA) was undertaken to identify patterns of workforce participation for participants across their adult life. Significant gender differences were confirmed. Further analysis (LCA with covariates) showed that women who reported having books during childhood, and those who had post-school qualification, were more likely to have mostly been in paid work and less likely to have not been in paid work; while ever partnered women had significantly higher odds of increasing part time work over time. Men who had reported ever having had informal caring activities were likely to have had decreasing participation in paid work over time, and were highly likely to be not in paid work after 55. years. Ever partnered status was protective for being in paid work for men. These findings indicate the need for gender-specific policies and strategies to enable continued workforce participation throughout adult life and into later working years, particularly for people who had fewer social or economic opportunities earlier in life.
|2015||Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: Findings from the 45 and Up Study', Aging and Mental Health, 19 647-657 (2015)|
Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. Method: Data from 202,584... [more]
Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. Method: Data from 202,584 Australians participating in the large-scale 45 and Up Study was used. Psychological distress was measured by the Kessler psychological distress scale. Associations between different work status and reasons for retirement with psychological distress were assessed for men and women at different ages using logistic regression. Results: Being fully retired or unemployed was associated with the high levels of psychological distress compared to being in paid work for men and women aged 45-64 (p < 0.0001), and for men aged 65-74 years (p = 0.0014). At the age of 75-79 years, there was no difference in psychological distress between different work statuses. Among retirees, retirement due to ill health, being made redundant or caring duty was associated with the high level of psychological distress. Conclusion: The association between work and mental health underscores the importance of policies and strategies to encourage and enable people to continue in the workforce after age 55, particularly for men. Important reasons for retirement with worse mental health outcomes include redundancy, ill health and needing to care for family or a friend. These circumstances will affect whether a person can continue working and their risk of poor mental health, and both considerations should be addressed in developing approaches for maintaining older workers or assisting them with their retirement transition.
|2015||Byles JE, Leigh L, Vo K, Forder P, Curryer C, 'Life space and mental health: a study of older community-dwelling persons in Australia', AGING & MENTAL HEALTH, 19 98-106 (2015)|
|2015||Baker J, Janda M, Gebski V, Forder P, Hogg R, Manolitsas T, Obermair A, 'Lower preoperative quality of life increases postoperative risk of adverse events in women with endometrial cancer: results from the LACE trial.', Gynecol Oncol, 137 102-105 (2015)|
|2015||Baker J, Janda M, Gebski V, Forder P, Hogg R, Manolitsas T, Obermair A, 'Lower preoperative quality of life increases postoperative risk of adverse events in women with endometrial cancer: results from the LACE trial', Gynecologic oncology, 137 102-105 (2015)|
|2015||Byles JE, Leigh L, Vo K, Forder P, Curryer C, 'Life space and mental health: A study of older community-dwelling persons in Australia', Aging and Mental Health, 19 98-106 (2015)|
|2014||Chojenta C, Harris S, Reilly N, Forder P, Austin M-P, Loxton D, 'History of pregnancy loss increases the risk of mental health problems in subsequent pregnancies but not in the postpartum', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]|
While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during su... [more]
While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during subsequent pregnancies and births. This paper examined the impact of any type of pregnancy loss on mental health in a subsequent pregnancy and postpartum. Data were obtained from a sub-sample (N = 584) of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a prospective cohort study that has been collecting data since 1996. Pregnancy loss was defined as miscarriage, termination due to medical reasons, ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth. Mental health outcomes included depression, anxiety, stress or distress, sadness or low mood, excessive worry, lack of enjoyment, and feelings of guilt. Demographic factors and mental health history were controlled for in the analysis. Women with a previous pregnancy loss were more likely to experience sadness or low mood (AOR = 1.75, 95% CI: 1.11 to 2.76, p = 0.0162), and excessive worry (AOR = 2.01, 95% CI: 1.24 to 3.24, p = 0.0043) during a subsequent pregnancy, but not during the postpartum phase following a subsequent birth. These results indicate that while women who have experienced a pregnancy loss are a more vulnerable population during a subsequent pregnancy, these deficits are not evident in the postpartum. Â© 2014 Chojenta et al.
|2014||Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder PM, Powers J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Risky drinking patterns are being continued into pregnancy: a prospective cohort study.', PLoS One, 9 e86171 (2014) [C1]|
|2014||Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: findings from the 45 and Up Study', Aging and Mental Health, (2014)|
|2014||Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Austin M-P, 'The impact of routine assessment of past or current mental health on help-seeking in the perinatal period', Women and Birth, (2014) [C1]|
Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value o... [more]
Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value of this line of enquiry in increasing engagement with support services, as required, remains controversial. Aim: The current study aimed to examine whether assessment of past or current mental health, received with or without referral for additional support, is associated with help-seeking during pregnancy and the postpartum. Methods: A subsample of women drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (young cohort) who reported experiencing significant emotional distress during pregnancy (N = 398) or in the 12 months following birth (N = 380) participated in the study. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that women who were not asked about their emotional health were less likely to seek any formal help during both pregnancy (adjOR = 0.09, 95%CI: 0.04-0.24) and the postpartum (adjOR = 0.07, 95%CI: 0.02-0.13), as were women who were asked about these issues but who were not referred for additional support (antenatal: adjOR = 0.26, 95%CI: 0.15-0.45; postnatal: adjOR = 0.14, 95%CI: 0.07-0.27). However, considerable levels of consultation with general practitioners, midwives and child health nurses, even in the absence of referral, were evident. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that enquiry by a health professional about women's past or current mental health is associated with help-seeking throughout the perinatal period. The clinical and resource implications of these findings for the primary health care sector should be considered prior to the implementation of future routine perinatal depression screening or psychosocial assessment programmes. Â© 2014 Australian College of Midwives.
|2014||Majeed T, Forder PM, Byles J, 'Employment Status and Chronic Diseases: A Cross-sectional Study among 60Â¿64 Year-old Men and Women', The International Journal of Aging and Society, 3 33-43 (2014) [C1]|
|2014||Kendig H, Byles JE, O'Loughlin K, Nazroo JY, Mishra G, Noone J, et al., 'Adapting data collection methods in the Australian Life Histories and Health Survey: a retrospective life course study', BMJ OPEN, 4 (2014) [C1]|
|2013||Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K, 'The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH', Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, 2 (2013) [C1]|
|2013||Halland M, Koloski NA, Jones M, Byles J, Chiarelli P, Forder P, Talley NJ, 'Prevalence Correlates and Impact of Fecal Incontinence Among Older Women', DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM, 56 1080-1086 (2013) [C1]|
|2013||Byles JE, Forder PM, Grulich A, Prestage G, '"It's okay to ask." Inclusion of sexual orientation questions is feasible in population health surveys', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 37 390-391 (2013) [C1]|
|2013||Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of antenatal alcohol use among Australian women: A prospective cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 1366-1374 (2013) [C1]|
Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study o... [more]
Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Population or Sample A total of 1969 women sampled from the ALSWH 1973-78 cohort. Methods Women were included if they were pregnant in 2000, 2003, 2006 or 2009. The relationship between antenatal alcohol consumption and sociodemographics, reproductive health, mental health, physical health, health behaviours, alcohol guidelines and healthcare factors was investigated using a multivariate logistic regression model. Main outcome measures Alcohol use during pregnancy. Results Most (82.0%) women continued to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Women were more likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy if they had consumed alcohol on a weekly basis before pregnancy (odds ratio [OR] 1.47; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.13-1.90), binge drank before pregnancy (OR 2.28; 95% CI 1.76-2.94), or if they were pregnant while alcohol guidelines recommended low alcohol versus abstinence (OR 1.60; 95% CI 1.26-2.03). Drinking during pregnancy was less likely if women had a Health Care Card (OR 0.63; 95% CI 0.45-0.88) or if they had ever had fertility problems (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.48-0.86). Conclusions Most Australian women who drank alcohol continued to do so during pregnancy. Prepregnancy alcohol consumption was one of the main predictors of antenatal alcohol use. Alcohol guidelines, fertility problems and Health Care Card status also impacted antenatal alcohol consumption. Â© 2013 RCOG.
|2013||Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Disparities in reported psychosocial assessment across public and private maternity settings: a national survey of women in Australia', BMC Public Health, 13 632 (2013) [C1]|
|2013||Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Referral for Management of Emotional Health Issues During the Perinatal Period: Does Mental Health Assessment Make a Difference?', Birth, 40 297-306 (2013) [C1]|
|2012||Nair-Shalliker V, Fenech M, Forder PM, Clements MS, Armstrong BK, 'Sunlight and vitamin D affect DNA damage, cell division and cell death in human lymphocytes: A cross-sectional study in South Australia', Mutagenesis, 27 609-614 (2012) [C1]|
|2011||Fogarty G, Morton RL, Vardy J, Nowak AK, Mandel C, Forder PM, et al., 'Whole brain radiotherapy after local treatment of brain metastases in melanoma patients - a randomised phase III trial', BMC Cancer, 11 142 (2011) [C1]|
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Conference (5 outputs)
|2014||Alsalami M, Forder P, Byles J, Hasnat MA, McEvoy M, 'The association between classes of different medications and mental health outcome in 5502 women aged 76-81 years old', 15th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2014) [E3]|
|2013||Chojenta C, Loxton DJ, Lucke J, Forder P, 'A longitudinal analysis of the predictors and antecedents of postnatal depression in Australian women', Archives of Women's Mental Health, Paris, France (2013) [E3]|
|2011||Moores C, O'Callaghan N, Donoghoe M, Forder PM, Armstrong B, Fenech M, 'The effect of a micronutrient supplement on telomere length', Australasian Medical Journal, Queenstown, NZ (2011) [E3]|
|2011||Koloski NA, Jones M, Gill RS, Forder PM, Talley NJ, 'Long term risk factors for the development of constipation in older community dwelling women', Gastroenterology: DDW 2011 Abstracts, Chicago, IL (2011) [E3]|
|2011||Halland M, Koloski NA, Jones M, Byles JE, Chiarelli PE, Forder PM, Talley NJ, 'Modifiable risk factors associated with faecal incontinence in older community dwelling women', Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Brisbane, Australia (2011) [E3]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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20151 grants / $91,024
House and Home: Pathways and alternatives to residential aged care for older Australian women$91,024
Funding body: IRT (Illawarra Retirement Trust)
|Funding body||IRT (Illawarra Retirement Trust)|
|Project Team||Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor Deirdre McLaughlin, Mrs Peta Forder, Associate Professor Deb Loxton|
|Scheme||Research Foundation Grant|
|Type Of Funding||Grant - Aust Non Government|
|Commenced||Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type|
|2013||Asthma Quality Care in Australian Older Women|
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
|2011||Medications Use and Mental Health Outcome|
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
|2011||Life-Course Impact of Chronic Diseases on Patterns of Workforce Participation: A Gendered Approach|
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Mrs Peta Forder
Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine
|Phone||(02) 4042 0676|
|Room||Workstation 114, Level 4, HMRI Building|
|Building||Hunter Medical Research Institute (John Hunter Hospital Campus)|
|Location||John Hunter Hospital Campus|